You Know You Want To: £90K V8 Defender

Are tarted up Land Rover Defenders acceptable? It's a thorny one, the very essence of a 'proper' Land Rover surely being the less paint on its (preferably muddy and dented) aluminium panels and the bigger the gaps between them the better. Shiny paint, balloon tyres and blingy accoutrements aren't really the done thing.

What, no sheepdog on the passenger seat?
What, no sheepdog on the passenger seat?
But, then again, when you pair the above with a 460hp, 4.2-litre supercharged V8 bellowing out of side exhausts the inner purist faces a stern challenge.

And as the AMG G-Wagen moves steadily into quilted leather old-age there's something gratifyingly uncouth about this JE Engineering 'Zulu' Defender, bass-bin aside still keeping just enough proper off-road credibility to keep us interested. And while a G-Wagen can just about - at a pinch - cut it as everyday transport you'd still have to be pretty bloody minded and dedicated to choose it. Never mind fork out £90K on it. And for that we'd salute anyone willing to take the plunge.

If you needed any further encouragement the dealer has even put up a video focusing on the bit that really matters - the noise.

: £89,950
Why you should: 460hp, side exhausts, snorkel and sinister black paint
Why you shouldn't: Price requires some serious denial

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  • Landyphil 05 Oct 2012

    Glad though I am the Zulu exists for 90,000 sheets for a quick "Land Rover"..I'm using the term very loosely here.

    I'm sure the Lofthouses would be tempted to build another "Freelander"....

  • Digga 05 Oct 2012

    fatboy69 said:
    That is the dogs bks. I'll have one just to ps off the local residents association.

    Took my lad to school today, pulled up, parked the car & left the engine running for less than 30 seconds as he wanted to listen to something on the cd player.

    In that 30 seconds the chairman of the RA, a jumped up sanctimonious little tt on a good day, was banging on the car window yelling at me to turn the engine off because of the damage i was doing to the environment....
    You know I'm sure that with a little re-mapping and a slightly different set of pipes, you could get these side-exit zorsts to spit flames at the bellend.

  • Panda76 05 Oct 2012

    Bill said:
    Panda76 said:
    The head would want turned around to keep it out of dust.

    The snorkel on that is an ornament.
    It makes no odds which way round, the engine is still sucking in a stload of air. The important difference is that the intake is a good bit higher and not straight behind the wheel arch.
    The whole point of a rotating head on a snorkel is so you can have it rear facing when driving in conditions likely to clog it up.
    Snow is one,heavy dust another.

  • KM666 05 Oct 2012

    300bhp/ton said:
    doogz said:
    KM666 said:
    Pffft its a Lambo LM002 for me! No off roader could be more resplendent than a Lamorghini off roader

    Til it needs filled with fuel, or you want to try and find some tyres for it.
    I guess you could always fit different tyres though such as some normal mud terrains or AT's of suitable size.
    I suppose thats why they were popular in Saudi'.

  • EuropaFreak 05 Oct 2012

    Two Words:

    Brabus Widestar wink

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